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While some companies are off looking for the latest & greatest new look, Vanity Fair has captured the essence of their brand by going back to their roots.

Their latest ad campaign calls on one of days past (1955 to be exact) featuring elegant ladies tastefully posing in their VF lingerie.

Vanity Fair has brought back the very essence of their brand and conjured up the sense of beauty and femininity that lacy undergarments should evoke.

Have you seen the “modern” ads? What do you think?


IMG_1766A thoughtful gift can be pages found wrapped between the cover of a book.

Books come in such a variety that you can truly make the most personal of gifts for any occasion. From the loveliest of photo books to the thickest novels.

When giving the gift of a book, commemorate the experience with a delightful message scribed just inside.

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Note the occasion, the date, the to and from. And, make it lovely.

What a wonderful, throwback treat such as this one given to my great grandfather from his

sister Lena as a Christmas gift back in 1912.

Who knew a dictionary could be such a treasured heirloom?


“Hence” was once a word I attempted to use on a daily basis. How lovely. How could I not be compelled?

There are so many romantic hints of dialect that are reminiscent of love poems and Shakespearean plays that should be used more commonly in conversation today.

Edward’s dialect in the uber-popular Twilight series is a delightful and endearing reminder of yesterdays language slipping into today’s world. I do believe people are yearning for these words again!

Also included in my list of bring-me-backs are such gems as pardon me, gracious and anywho. Not quite Shakespearean but a good start nonetheless.

What heirloom words am I missing? What are you bringing back?

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As the school year comes to a tragic start once again for children across the US, I can’t help but smile as long-standing composition books continue to grace back-to-school shelves everywhere.

Once a pretty standard staple for school children, these black & white books with straight-lined paper are simply iconic. I actually think they are quite lovely, and generally stock up when the adorn the shelves this time of year, as their simple black spines make for a nice way to keep your notes & thoughts collected and stored together on an office shelve or in a worn laptop bag.

A perfect heirloom item that, despite it’s commonality today, has remained year after year a staple item to stock for journaling for years to come.

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rosegarden.011The well-heeled hostess most always has a fresh & fragrant vase of flowers adorning her tabletop when guests arrive.

And the most skilled, as Martha Stewart has reinforced for us, bring those blooms in straight from their very own gardens. Nothing finer than a beautiful burst of flowers and foliage, still moist from the morning dew, fresh-cut and displayed for all to enjoy.

My Nana was known for her beautiful rose gardens. From red to pink to white, from fragrant climbing roses to towering Queen Annes, all giving off the most beautiful aroma that surely could be sniffed throughout the neighborhood.

The art of growing a garden is simply an heirloom treasure Nana J&Jin itself. Learning to appreciate the time honored tradition of nurturing for and tending to a delicate rose garden, a rewarding craft that reaps beautiful rewards for entertaining a lovely home.

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Sheet Music.009I’ve touched on other music-inspired heirlooms in past posts, from vinyl records to violins, but few as delicate and romantic as that of sheet music.

In an amazing area of digital recording & music creation, it is so inspiring to see a simple sheet of music propped atop a grand piano being read and elegantly played by a youngster.

The tiny notes dancing across the barred lines on the worn sheets of paper, fancy scripted song titles and the lovely song that is sure to follow by its presence.

I’ve noticed it popping up more and more in the design world as well – gracing tiny gift packages as beautiful wrapping paper or gorgeously framed and on display in living areas.  Something so elegant and classic about their design and purpose.

Learning to read music as a child is something that I cherish, but admittedly must brush up on. An heirloom quality I want to keep alive and well.

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Vintage Luggage.006Truly is there anything finer or more coveted than a great piece of vintage luggage that has been passed down from a prior generation?

The craftmanship of a great piece of luggage cannot be underestimated – whether a handbag, a trunk, full suitcase or nice duffle. The pieces bring with them memories made on fond trips and many travels, perhaps adorned with foreign tags & stickers of vacations-past and the wonderful look of finely worn leather. And these great pieces also tend to have a fine attention to detail inside, with hidden pockets, latches & pulls for safely towing your most prized possessions on your own adventures.

If you’re not lucky enough to have inherited a wonderful piece of traveled baggage, then consider the pass-down-ability of your next luggage purchase!

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I do believe that some of the most wonderful heirloom treasures in the world are found in the kitchen.

From tin cookie cutters to rolling pins to aprons, these handy items all contain memories from learning to cook in your youth with your family.

I have a set of tin measuring spoons from my Grandmother’s collection that I must admit I use for baking over my trusty, shiny new ones.

Last Christmas, I received a lovely treasure – a set of Tin Woodsman pewter measuring spoons and are sure to become an heirloom for my future generations. My love for pewter continues to withstand day in and day out, but these hearty hammered oversized spoons are simply iconic in the kitchen. A true symbol for a baker, these artful pieces make for such a lovely heirloom gift to enjoy for years & years!

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Crystal, along with China and fine silver, has long since been a wonderful heirloom treasure. Likely the collections & pieces were made heirloom-worthy due to their memorable givings at such landmark events as weddings and anniversaries.

I have mixed emotions on matchy-match collections. While there is certainly something to be said for folks who have the patience and breadth to collect each and every piece that their fine crystal brand manufactures, I am much more of the mindset that collections should have a common element but be flexible to accommodate three very key points: 1) uniqueness of each object 2) personal meaning 3) adventure!

So lets take crystal. It is simple gorgeous, there is no denying it. Its finely cut edges simply sparkle in the light. It can make punch a delicacy and turn a dish of butter mints into a handful of pure joy. So instead of sticking to one collection of the same pattern of crystal, consider mixing & matching to hit the three points.

First, uniqueness of each object. With many different cuts, makers and patterns each piece is able to sparkle and shine in its own light and stand out in all its glory. Besides, there are very few patterns in the world where the cakestand is just as pretty as the candlesticks.

Second, personal meaning is a big one. When your collection includes new and old pieces, you’re able to include the heirloom pieces without them seeming out of place. And heirloom pieces from all sides of the family at that – wouldn’t want to not use Nana’s crystal bowl simply because it didn’t match your Waterford wedding pattern. No no no!

Lastly, adventure is a big one! It’s your collection and you should enjoy the hunt as much as you enjoy using the pieces themselves. Searching for the perfect missing piece in your collection becomes an on-going process, giving you reason to stop in at that roadside Antiques store or making a thoughtful selection next time Grandma wants you to go ahead and choose just one thing from her collection to use for yourself.

Long-way-around. There is nothing finer than crystal, in all its dazzling glory. My collection began with a tiny crystal piece from Grandma in my stocking each year. A salt cellar, a bud vase, and years of joy making my heirloom collection complete!

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For some people there are very few possessions they cherish more than their car.

We all know people who pamper their cars, take photos with them, even name them.

But classic cars have long been a treasured heirloom, passed down through generations of families. Polished, shined, driven every day or saved for the most special of occasions, cars are synonymous with memories. They are a right of passage for sixteen year-olds, they drive you away into the sunset after you wed, and take you on carefree road trip adventures never to be forgotten.

If you are lucky enough to have a classic car heirloom of your very own, or to be able to pass one down to someone you love, remember the collection of memories & special moments that are included in the lovely gem.



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